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Choose your Username.  For the privacy and safety of you and/or your sailor, NO LAST NAMES ARE ALLOWED, even if your last name differs from that of your sailor (please make sure your URL address does not include your last name either).  Also, please do not include your email address in your user name. Go to "Settings" above to set your Username.  While there, complete your Profile so you can post and share photos and videos of your Sailor and share stories with other moms!

Make sure to read our Community Guidelines and this Navy Operations Security (OPSEC) checklist - loose lips sink ships!

Join groups!  Browse for groups for your PIR date, your sailor's occupational specialty, "A" school, assigned ship, homeport city, your own city or state, and a myriad of other interests. Jump in and introduce yourself!  Start making friends that can last a lifetime.

Link to Navy Speak - Navy Terms & Acronyms: Navy Speak

All Hands Magazine's full length documentary "Making a Sailor": This video follows four recruits through Boot Camp in the spring of 2018 who were assigned to DIV 229, an integrated division, which had PIR on 05/25/2018. 

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor (Full Length Documentary - 2018)

Boot Camp: Behind the Scenes at RTC

...and visit - America's Navy and also Navy Live - The Official Blog of the Navy to learn more.

OPSEC - Navy Operations Security

Always keep Navy Operations Security in mind.  In the Navy, it's essential to remember that "loose lips sink ships."  OPSEC is everyone's responsibility. 

DON'T post critical information including future destinations or ports of call; future operations, exercises or missions; deployment or homecoming dates.  

DO be smart, use your head, always think OPSEC when using texts, email, phone, and social media, and watch this video: "Importance of Navy OPSEC."

Follow this link for OPSEC Guidelines:



**UPDATE 4/26/2022** Effective with the May 6, 2022 PIR 4 guests will be allowed.  Still must be fully vaccinated to attend.

**UPDATE as of 11/10/2022 PIR vaccination is no longer required.

**UPDATE 7/29/2021** You now must be fully vaccinated in order to attend PIR:

In light of observed changes and impact of the Coronavirus Delta Variant and out of an abundance of caution for our recruits, Sailors, staff, and guests, Recruit Training Command is restricting Pass-in-Review (recruit graduation) to ONLY fully immunized guests (14-days post final COVID vaccination dose).  


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 8/25/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED.  Vaccinations still required.

**UPDATE 11/10/22 PIR - Vaccinations no longer required.


Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. Tickets are now issued for all guests, and all guests must have a ticket to enter base. A separate parking pass is no longer needed to drive on to base for parking.

Please see changes to attending PIR in the PAGES column. The PAGES are located under the member icons on the right side.

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At 1:35pm on September 30, 2011, diannep said…
Accepted your friend request.
At 7:53pm on September 27, 2011, BunkerQB said…

Subs is a hard life. But small community - more camaraderie.

At 7:51pm on September 27, 2011, BunkerQB said…
Sometimes a week other times longer really unpredictable. Hurry up and wait - motto for Navy. I know a young man who enlisted a 18 as a nuke. Got his degree in Electrical Engineering (I think he did the STA 21 program), then became an officer. He reup and will stay in for 20 years. During his last shore duty, he got his MBA from a very prestigious univ out here in the West Coast. Anything is possible.
At 12:23pm on September 27, 2011, BunkerQB said…

I see your sailor is on his way to Nuke School. The Navy isn't going to allow him to switch to something in the medical field any time soon but he should still explore it anyway. You son should investigate into applying to the Naval Academy. If he has the brains to do nuke, he can become a surgeon - just a matter of opportunity. The Naval Academy reserves a number of slots every year for enlisted personnel.

Good luck.

At 10:25am on September 25, 2011, Mary, Proud Mom of Nick said…
PS - In case you have not found them yet, there are groups for boot camp, one for your PIR date (once you know his graduation/PIR) and for the Nuke program.  Lots of good information and experience to pull from.
At 10:24am on September 25, 2011, Mary, Proud Mom of Nick said…
:-)  He left for Basic aka Boot Camp.  Then he will be heading to Charleston, which is commonly referred to as Nuke school.  Which means he signed a six year commitment and the first two years are typically spent in school before reporting to the fleet.  Because he is going to be a Nuke, he will have two choices of ships...either a sub or an aircraft carrier (biggest ships we have)  I don't know when he has to make that commitment but it will be one or the other.
At 2:52pm on September 23, 2011, NukeMom said…

today was a good day...I am thinking alot about Cameron. I know he is fine...just wish I could speak to him...hear his voice...

At 11:11am on September 21, 2011, Emily said…
I just saw your comment about your son leaving. How are you holding up today?
At 10:18am on September 12, 2011, NukeMom said…

Gray, Ga is between Macon and Milledgeville....not very big just a small country town.


At 12:21am on August 17, 2011, Emily said…
Oh and rate means job- from your previous comment- and I am with Mary...where is Gray?? I lived in Savannah for a while and loved it!
At 12:20am on August 17, 2011, Emily said…
Hi- Welcome to N4Ms! How are you taking Cameron leaving for basic? If it helps my husband left 2/16 and has loved it so far. Of course some days are trying but in general he is very happy with his decision to go and so am I :) Feel free to chat if you have any questions. Everyone on here is really pretty friendly and finding answers isn't hard. Have a good week- Emily
At 9:09pm on August 15, 2011, Mary, Proud Mom of Nick said…
Welcome! Your son Is leaving for boot camp on my hubby's birthday - he will do fine. What rate is he going into? Any questions that we can help with? Where is Ray at?
At 3:11pm on July 21, 2011, Navy for Moms Admin said…

Welcome to Navy For Moms!

You will find this site very helpful and full of members who are eager to answer your questions.  Browse around the site and check out the forums, groups, blogs, photos, videos, and even the other member profiles!  

If you haven’t already, please make sure that you review our Community Guidelines to learn the “Do’s and Don’ts” of the community. Also, check out this Internet OPSEC Safety Video.

Enjoy your time here! I look forward (along with the community) to reading more about you! :) 


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